The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring is a crossover with more room than expected in a compact SUV. It offers a comfortable, safe driving experience with a touch of class on the design of the interior cabin. My highlights were the agility and comfort of the driving experience, the ease of use and technology and overall space for passengers and things. In general, drivers get a cushioned ride, minimal body roll, and responsive steering in one compact package.
The first thing I noticed when approaching the 2020 Honda CR-V is that it has been fitted with a new redesigned grille. Besides that, it features bold new openings for the fog lights. To add to the sophisticated look of the 2020 version of this compact SUV, the design team added dark-tail light lenses. Additionally, they added a dark chrome tailgate garnish and darker tinted rear glass.
In the Touring trim that I had the opportunity to test, large 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and tires that are just over an inch thick, add to the upscale demeanor of the car. Another noticeable feature of the Touring trim is the chrome exhaust finishers. The 2020 Honda CR-V comes in three exterior colors and I got some compliments on the unique Sonic Gray Pearl which is my personal favorite.
Stepping in the driver’s seat, the newly redesigned center console caught my eye because of how much easier it is to use. Looking around inside, the mostly-black interior felt well organized and upscale. To achieve this effect, Honda added just enough touches here and there.
The upper dashboard is covered in an elegant-looking black plastic that rolls around a hooded instrument panel. To heighten the upscale effect, the design team managed to add hints of stitching. There is also a flat, brown, plastic piece above the glove compartments that mimic real wood.
The doorstops were mostly made of plastic but they have been beautifully designed, in keeping with the upscale effect, the team added stitching and a strip of brown plastic above all the door centers. Besides that, the team managed to make the interior feel quite roomy a compact SUV crossover; it has 39 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda comes close to that near luxury class of compact crossovers with the additions to the interior.
Engine / Powertrain
Under the hood, the 2020 Honda CR-V comes with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine. The engine can produce 190 horsepower and 179 lb/ft of torque. The engine is mated to the sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is fitted with the Honda G-Shift control logic to deliver a smooth-shifting experience. You can expect to get the stated gas mileage with 28 MPG for City ,34 highway and 30 combined MPG. It’s not a speed demon but it is a Honda so you know it’s reliable.
Technologies for a Comfortable Ride
If you are looking for a comfortable driving experience, the Honda design team has gone all out to maximize comfort. They include various technologies such as dual-zone climate control, rear USB charging ports, Electric Parking Brake. Additionally, the front passenger seat comes with 4-way power adjustment while the driver’s seat comes with 8-way power adjustment as well as 4-way lumbar support. To top it all off, Honda added heated front seats and steering wheel.
The 2020 Honda CR-V comes with solid steering which makes it easy to maneuver and a great choice in the compact SUV lineup. The interior cabin offers a quiet, comfortable ride with enough technology to keep the whole family happy. There is a lot more space than expected and overall it should be on your list if you are in the market for a compact SUV .
The Honda CRV starts at a modest MSRP of $25,150 and the Touring version we tested starts at MSRP of $33,350
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